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My professor says I can't use Web sources for my paper.

Ask your professor to clarify this, because there is a distinction between resources offered on the public Web and resources offered through a library website. The Tech library has Web resources that it purchases for use by the LTU community.

An article you find using an online article index such as Academic Search Complete also exists in a journal in print. It's just delivered via the Web through the library website to facilitate research.

Green light

Go with the strengths of the public Web
to obtain information on colleges, museums, non-profit organizations, or companies
• for very current information such as news, sports scores, weather, stock quotes
• to use online job postings, shopping, auctions, or travel services
• for general (perhaps uninformed) opinions on a topic

Red light

Stop and think! Sometimes there are better places to look than the public Web
to find articles in scholarly journals

• to search databases that index articles in many academic disciplines
• to find books on your topic
• to locate the full text of articles or books that are copyrighted

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